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WNPS Study Weekend 2018

Washington Native Plant Society Study Weekend, May 4-6, 2018     


Rainbows of Wildflowers:  
Celebrating the Botanical Diversity of the Columbia Gorge
Sponsored by the Suksdorfia and South Sound Chapters.

The Suksdorfia and South Sound Chapters are preparing a memorable Study Weekend event in the Klickitat County area of Washington, including the Columbia Gorge and the heart of the Cascades Mountains.  21 hikes, 2 Key Note speakers and workshops including how to use the new Plant List phone applications and more, will be a part of this year’s event. 

The Study Weekend Event has reached capacity in registration.  

Payment is required to remain on the wait list. Please use the standard registration process to obtain reservation on the wait list.  Placement will come immediately after cancellations for the event.  

You will receive an email confirmation, confirming placement or wait list status.  Those not placed will be refunded by the second week of April, or upon request.
Full Confirmation letters including trip placement and last details of the weekend event, will be delivered the first week of April.

From the snows of Mount Adams to the deep, rain-forest valleys of the Wind River to the wide dry woodlands skirting the Klickitat River, there are many different habitats in the Columbia Gorge, diversified by combinations of elevation, precipitation, topography, geology and more. The Columbia Gorge is a parkland of floral diversity, this place where the eastern and western slopes of the mountains meet. One making a drive through crosses from west-side Douglas-fir forests, past montane environments rising almost sheer 5,000 feet up from the mighty river, through dry stands of ponderosa and Oregon oak (Quercus garryana) until the cliffs ease back and the sky widens to reveal a vast shrub-steppe of sagebrush, rabbitbrush and stands of pungent juniper stretching east toward the Great Basin –all in the span of 80 miles.

The WNPS Study Weekend event will be based out of Hood River, OR at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, the Hood River Inn.  Here members can secure a room from the block reservations, attend all receptions and meals, and enjoy the key note speaker programs each evening. Alternate locations are shared on the accommodations page.

Full event details, including the list of field trips, speaker bios, and more are in the pages linked below, as well as the printable documents available on each page for use to aid the registration selections.  

Registration is now closed. For terms of registration, please visit:

Study Weekend Registration information

Please visit the following pages, to learn more about the event.  

1.  Study Weekend Schedule 2018

2.  Study Weekend Field Trips

3.  Study Weekend Lodging

4.  Botanical Highlights and About the Columbia Gorge

5.  Study Weekend Location

6.  Study Weekend 

The complete printable packet is here (.pdf files):

1.  Study Weekend 2018 Schedule

2.  Study Weekend Hike Descriptions 2018

3.  Study Weekend Accommodations

4Full Menu for the Conference

5.  Study Weekend Speakers

6.  Ecology and Flora of the Columbia Gorge

7.  Things to do and see in the Columbia Gorge

8.  Driving Directions to the Best Western Hood River Inn



The History of WNPS Study Weekend

Questions?  Contact the WNPS Office @ (206)527-3210

Updated: April 18, 2018
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